Creamy Red Wine Mushroom Bacon Gravy

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Mushroom Bacon Gravy is creamy, delicious, and full of aromatics. Cremini mushrooms, red wine, and crispy bacon come together to make the best gravy. I don’t know if I’ll ever eat traditional gravy again!

Last week, I posted a recipe for Air Fryer Cornish Hens With Creamy Mushroom Bacon Gravy. Well, that gravy was SO good I decided it needed it’s own post.

If you’re looking for a traditional gravy recipe, you’re in the wrong spot. There is nothing traditional about this bacon gravy recipe and that’s what I love about it!

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It’s thick and creamy like gravy should be, but it’s chunky like your favorite winter soup. Honestly, I would put it all in a bowl and eat it with a spoon. It’s that good.

Real talk though, is there anything better than homemade gravy? I don’t think there is.

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MUSHROOM BACON GRAVY INGREDIENTS

The ingredients for this bacon gravy recipe are simple and you probably already have most of them at home:

  • thick cut bacon
  • cremini mushrooms
  • dry red wine
  • butter
  • garlic
  • heavy cream
  • chicken bone broth
  • parmesan cheese
  • fresh thyme and parsley
  • corn starch

I pretty much have all of these ingredients at home all the time, so I can whip this creamy bacon gravy up just about any time! The only thing that varies for me is the type of mushrooms I have on hand. If you have a different type of mushroom in your refrigerator already, that’s ok!

HOW TO MAKE THE CRISPIEST BACON

I love cooking bacon in the air fryer. It’s my absolute FAVORITE way to make bacon. The bacon strips come out so crispy and the air fryer doesn’t produce any smoke or splatter any grease like when I cook bacon on the stove top.

air fryer bacon on white parchment paper

To make the bacon in the air fryer:

  • Line the outer air fryer basket with aluminum foil
  • Preheat the air fryer to 390 F
  • Add the bacon strips in a single layer and cook them for 8-9 minutes

For more details on how to cook bacon in the air fryer perfectly and why you need an air fryer if you don’t have one yet, check out this post! It’s a total game changer.

HOW TO MAKE GRAVY

This mushroom bacon gravy is so creamy and pretty simple to make, too. Basically, all you’re doing is cooking the bacon, dicing it, and combining everything in a pan. Here’s a more detailed breakdown of how to make gravy:

  1. Heat a skillet on medium heat with butter, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon of thyme, stirring occasionally for 1-2 minutes until fragrant and butter is melted.
  2. Increase the heat to medium-high, and add the mushrooms and wine. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mushrooms have softened and wine has reduced by half. Note: if the wine comes to a rapid boil, reduce the heat. It should only come to a light boil. mushroom bacon gravy in a pan with a wooden spoon
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water, then add it to the skillet with the mushrooms. Pour in the cream, chicken broth, diced bacon, parmesan cheese, pepper, and remaining parsley and thyme. Simmer on medium-low heat until the sauce has thickened slightly. Taste, and adjust the seasoning with more herbs and pepper if needed. Salt shouldn’t be necessary.

Note: mixing the cornstarch with water before adding it to the pan is very important. If you add it to the pan by itself, it will most likely clump.

STORING MUSHROOM BACON GRAVY

To store the gravy, just place it in an airtight container and refrigerate. I love using these jars for this! You can store the gravy in the refrigerator for up to four days.

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WHAT TO SERVE WITH MUSHROOM BACON GRAVY

I poured this gravy over Cornish hens a few weeks ago and it was to die for! I even put it on my plate as a side dish because it was so good.

I also recommend pouring it over my Crispy Air Fryer French Fry recipe and making it into a poutine.

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If you love this recipe, you’ll love my Bacon Mushroom Smothered Pork Chops Recipe! It’s basically a dairy free version of this Mushroom Bacon Gravy recipe, and it’s Whole30 compliant too!

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Creamy Red Wine Mushroom Bacon Gravy

Servings 6
Calories 372kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 strips of thick cut bacon, cooked and diced
  • 16 ounces cremini mushrooms cleaned and stems trimmed
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup chicken bone broth
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tablespoon pink peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons water

Instructions

  • Prepare bacon and mushrooms as noted.
  • Heat a skillet on medium heat with butter, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon of thyme, stirring occasionally for 1-2 minutes until fragrant and butter is melted.
  • Increase the heat to medium-high, and add the mushrooms and wine. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mushrooms have softened and wine has reduced by half. Note: if the wine comes to a rapid boil, reduce the heat. It should only come to a light boil.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water, then add it to the skillet with the mushrooms. Pour in the cream, chicken broth, bacon crumbles, parmesan cheese, pepper, and remaining parsley and thyme. Simmer on medium-low heat until the sauce has thickened slightly. Taste, and adjust the seasoning with more herbs and pepper if needed. Salt shouldn't be necessary.

Notes

  • See notes in post on how to cook bacon perfectly
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Red Wine Mushroom Bacon Gravy
Amount Per Serving
Calories 372 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 291mg13%
Potassium 443mg13%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 858IU17%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Author: JZ Eats

Eating is my hobby, cooking is my passion. Sharing easy to follow recipes from my kitchen.

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